disturbing data –
The study conducted by the Dutch university and dealt with Watchman Evaluation started
Presence of plastic particles in farm animals
and in derivative products such as meat and dairy products. Microplastic contamination was first reported in beef and pork, but study results go far beyond that: VUA scientists found microparticles
In three-quarters of meat and dairy products
Tested and in every blood sample taken for analysis.
Microplastics in humans –
But it is above all a fact that worries scientists: using the same technology used to study animal blood, it was possible
Microplastics also trace back to human blood
. This means, the researchers explained, that the particles can travel in human blood and be deposited in organs.
The scientists tested 12 samples of cow blood and 12 samples of pig blood and found they were all made of microplastics, including polyethylene and polystyrene.
Out of 25 milk samples analyzed
(taken from supermarket cans, agricultural milk tanks, and manual milking), 18 samples, at least one of each type, contained microplastics.
Seven of the eight beef samples and five of the eight pork samples were contaminated. The report stresses that “it is still not known whether there are any potential toxicological risks from these findings.” Although similar studies have not been conducted in other countries yet, microplastics have also been reported in
Milk samples purchased in Switzerland
In 2021 and in other countries of farm milk from France.
Dangers to humans –
Although the effect on human health is not yet known, researchers are concerned that it has already been shown how microplastics in the laboratory can
human cell damage
. Other statements confirming the thesis, adding researchers from VUA, are
Millions of premature deaths
Every year due to the introduction of air pollution particles into the human body. Precisely for this reason, it becomes necessary to “continue to explore the entire exposure area and any associated risks”, emphasized the Dutch university.
Where did they come from?
The ways in which microplastics can enter the blood of animals first and then the blood of humans vary. One of these passes
The food chain
. Also, large amounts of particles were detected in all samples
Analyze it. Through these microplastics they are ingested by animals and finally by humans who eat the products derived from them. also
Packaging in plastic containers
For many food products, it can be another potential source of contamination.